Chaos erupted at an indoor market yesterday as three angry women hurled tins of beans in a 20-minute ‘food fight’.
Police were called to the scene as shocked shoppers watched the fighters pelt each other with food and bottles of bleach.
One was arrested after the trio ‘went wild’ in the aisles during the brawl at Birmingham Indoor Market - leaving one of them needing hospital treatment.
Stall holders had to separate them three times after the violence broke out at noon.
It is believed the fight started when two of the women bumped into a lone shopper.
Witnesses said it ended almost half an hour later, when one of them was hit on the head by a tin of baked beans.
Police officers were flagged down in the street to deal with the fracas and one of the women was arrested on suspicion of assault.
Another ran off before officers arrived and a third was taken to hospital after she suffered cuts from the can of beans.
A market trader, who did not want to be named, said: 'The management tried to say it lasted for just four minutes - but it went on in different parts of the market.
'I’m not sure how it started but I think one of them bumped into the other and words were said.
'I know how it ended though - with a tin can bouncing off a woman’s head.
West Midlands Police said a 34-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and later bailed.
A 38-year-old woman, who had a purse stolen from her bag, was taken to hospital with cuts to her head.
A spokesman confirmed officers were searching for a third woman who fled the scene.